Seitan is a popular vegan substitute for meat and is often promoted as a high-protein and low-carb alternative to meat. But seitan is made entirely of gluten. What are the pros and cons of consuming seitan?
What is seitan?
Seitan is a preparation made entirely of wheat gluten and whose texture is similar to meat, which has given it the pseudonym "vegetable meat".
The Pros of seitan
- Along with tofu and tempeh, seitan is a food rich in protein, ideal for vegetarian or vegan diets for ensure protein intake.
- It is very low in carbs with one serving containing only 4g of carbs.
- Seitan is a good source of several minerals.
- It's very versatile and easy to incorporate in pretty much any dish.
- It's good for vegetarians and vegans who prefer to stay away from soy.
The Cons of seitan
- It is a highly-processed food
- Being a food based on wheat protein, it cannot be consumed by people with celiac disease and those with any gluten intolerance.
- Store-bought seitan tends to have high levels of salt and spices.
The bottomline is that, much like any food, seitan is a great choice for some but may be a bad idea for others. If you have no gluten intolerance or allergy, you are generally safe to consume it in moderation, especially if you have a healthy and balanced dier. It is a good way to substitute meaty flavor and texture in some dishes.
If you'd like to try seitan, follow our recipe below.